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COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY RECEIVES $500,000 GIFT FROM MASCARO CONSTRUCTION TO LAUNCH MASCARO CONSTRUCTION HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY

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Monaca, PA – Building on the best practices and expertise developed through CCBC’s leadership of its High School Academies, CCBC recently announced a $500,000 gift from Mascaro Construction to name and create the Mascaro Construction Academy as a partnership approach to addressing the critical workforce challenges facing the region’s construction industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 214,000 construction job openings in July 2016. Additionally, the construction industry is projected to add nearly 800,000 new jobs by 2024, a shortfall that is being driven by a combination of an ever-aging workforce and a shrinking pool of youth labor interested in pursuing a career in construction or the trades.

Leveraging the core infrastructure of CCBC’s successful High School Academy model, the Mascaro Construction Academy will provide a multi-pronged approach to closing this skills gap by tailoring learning to meet the needs of industry and by engaging students at multiple levels during their educational journey.

“This new partnership between Mascaro Construction and CCBC is uniquely and powerfully positioned to help address the challenges facing the construction industry today, to motivate students, and provide workforce-ready education that will develop the pipeline of talent our region needs in the future,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “We thank John Mascaro, Jr. and Mascaro Construction for their trust and exceptional support as we work together to educate Western Pennsylvania’s youth about the career pathways available within the construction industry.”

CCBC’s Mascaro Construction Academy will enroll students from participating school districts and the region’s career and technology centers to offer a blended curriculum that allows students to complete up to 30 college credits before high school graduation.

“For the past several years Mascaro Construction has been working to develop partnerships that will help us connect the region’s talent to careers in the construction industry,” said John Mascaro, Jr., President and CEO of Mascaro Construction.  “Our investment in CCBC is in recognition of the life-changing impact CCBC’s High School Academy program is having on high school students throughout Western Pennsylvania. The partnership of Mascaro Construction and CCBC will allow us to reach a new generation of students and motivate them to pursue career options in the construction industry.”

Over the course of two years, students will complete credits in technical and general education courses that prepare them for future construction management and leadership roles. Many of these courses will be developed by a new CCBC Construction Management faculty leader to provide educational experiences relevant to the industry. The growth of an educated and diverse construction workforce is a priority for industry partners throughout the region.

“Mascaro Construction has executed excellent work during the development of our Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals site in Beaver County,” said Anca Rusu, Project Director for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals. “We are excited about Mascaro’s launch of the Construction Academy. We thank Mascaro Construction for sharing Shell’s commitment to local educational advancement through their substantial investment in our region’s construction workforce.”

Graduates from CCBC’s Mascaro Construction Academy will find themselves prepared for multiple career pathways.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades will have the opportunity to enter regional apprenticeship programs, while students interested in continuing their pursuit of higher education can enroll in CCBC’s soon-to-be-developed Construction Management associate degree program to focus on learning the business of construction from inception to the completion of a project.

This new program will integrate knowledge on estimating, scheduling, worksite management, project management, green building practices, construction principles and safety management, and will include transfer pathways for students who elect to continue their education at accredited four-year colleges and universities.

“The Beaver County Career & Technology Center looks forward to partnering with CCBC, Mascaro Construction and our partners on the Mascaro Construction Academy,” said David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director of the Beaver County Career and Technology Center. “We have a long history of developing mutually-beneficial partnerships with CCBC and this program will allow us to collaboratively partner to address the workforce needs of the region.”

CCBC’s High School Academy program provides pathways to high-demand career fields for high school students from across Western Pennsylvania. Launched in 2015 with its signature Aviation Academy, the program has grown to house four academies and to serve close to 200 students from nearly 40 school districts throughout the region. Through a nationally distinctive and innovative dual enrollment model, high school juniors and seniors explore careers in Aviation, Health, STEM, and Criminal Justice, receive hands-on instruction from college faculty, and acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students who devote two years of study to the program will graduate high school with one year of credits toward CCBC’s associate degree programs or programs at other colleges and universities.

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.

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CCBC and Mascaro Construction join forces to address workforce challenges facing the construction industry by announcing a $500,000 gift to name and create the Mascaro Construction High School Academy.

Pictured from left to right:

John Mascaro, Jr., President and CEO of Mascaro Construction

Kolton Codner, CCBC Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs